Email letters, October 9, 2013
Tea party bears responsibility for ‘make it painful’ strategy
Today’s Sentinel editorial (“’Make it painful’ is petty strategy”) was itself profoundly “petty” (ala FoxNoise) – if not journalistically dishonest as to the true implications of the government “shutdown” and “debt ceiling” crises.
If the Sentinel honestly believes that “House Republicans’ attempt to force defunding of Obamacare by shutting down the government is a strategic and political mistake,” then it should also conclude that the tea party strategy to “make it painful” for millions of Americans (if not the world economy) goes beyond “petty” – it is political extortion.
Thus, to imply a false equivalency between Republicans’ overt threats to refuse raising the debt ceiling and anecdotal evidence of foreseeable “shutdown” inconveniences is irresponsible. If she was quoted accurately, Judge Krieger’s use of the term “tragic” to describe her ruling was just as inapt as some rightly-exasperated (of unknown partisan persuasion) mid-level federal bureaucrat’s alleged instructions to “make it painful.”
Guidance for conducting an orderly shutdown of the government is provided in Office of Management & Budget Circular No. A-11 (last revised in August 2011), which requires every federal agency to have a detailed “shutdown plan” posted on the Internet.
Thus, the real questions to be answered by the Sentinel’s reporters and/or by any hearings before the House’s Natural Resources Committee is whether the reported Forest Service incidents really occurred as described, and whether the agency’s action was consistent with its posted plan – as Judge Krieger apparently found was indeed the case with the BLM’s withdrawal of approval for CMU’s collegiate bike race.
To imply a White House-led conspiracy to “make it painful” is preposterous. Given previous episodes, the likely findings will be no more “scandalous” than Darrell Issa’s futile “witch hunts” over “Fast and Furious,” Benghazi “talking points,” and Sentinel-swallowed bogus allegations that the IRS had “targeted” conservative political groups.
MVEA’s endorsements show desire to retain status quo
Let me get this straight. The Democrat Party is not endorsing any candidates, but The Mesa Valley Education Association (teachers union) has endorsed three of the seven candidates. Its members’ main concern appears to be finding candidates who will not challenge their opinions.
Let us not forget that it is the Mesa Valley Education Association that negotiates a contract with the District 51 school board. They would be very happy to accept these candidates so that they can continue the status quo.
I feel very strongly that the District 51 board be open to concepts of a balanced education that will prepare our students for the real challenges of being able to become responsible citizens of our society. That means being able to read, write and understand arithmetic.
It is apparent that many students are graduating who are not getting this, as they must take remedial courses to be able to attend college. Others need these remedial courses to be able to land jobs and become active members of society. This shows me that this district needs to make the changes necessary to improve the skills of its graduating students.
I have been attending the school board meetings for a while now, and I see no urgency to improve our testing results or improve attitudes among the students, parents or teachers. Please vote for Pat Kanda, Mike Lowenstein and John Sluder, candidates with a conservative point of view.
‘Old Testament’ Christians must reflect on Christ’s compassion toward the poor
I find it interesting that some people who call themselves Christians don’t seem to give a damn about the bottom rung of society. “Let them fend for themselves”, they say. “They’re just a bunch of no good, freeloading deadbeats.” “Let them die if they can’t feed themselves”.
What would Jesus do?
Seems to me that a lot of Christians are ‘Old Testament’ Christians and reject “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Instead of throwing out the moneychangers, Old Testament Christians embrace them. Instead of love, charity and forgiveness, Old Testament Christians want an eye for eye.
Seems to me that Old Testament Christians don’t want the government to do anything for the poor, or help them in any way with their healthcare, or their food. I don’t know for sure, because I don’t have a direct line to God, but I don’t think Jesus would feel this way about healthcare, food and shelter for the poor.
If you cling to the Old Testament and ignore, as much as possible, the liberal, socialist teachings of the New Testament, are you really a Christian? Doesn’t a Christian believe in the teachings of Jesus, which supersede the Old Testament? I could be off base here, but that’s what I was taught in Sunday School. Pope Francis gets it.
It’s not enough to put nice words about Jesus on your marquee. You’ve have to put less focus on money and selfishness and uplift the poor and society. Jesus was not a “me” person.
Elected officials must now bite bullet, balance budget
This whole business concerning the “government shutdown” is ridiculous.
First of all, our government is not shut down. Due to the irresponsibility of our elected officials, from both parties, government spending is out of control. It seems that elected officials will do what they want so they can be re-elected. They keep spending to give us more “free” stuff.
Our federal government was not set up to make sure we have enough “free” stuff. They are to protect our rights and our borders. As Americans, we have the opportunities available to work for what we want.
The law mandates that there be a balanced budget. However, there hasn’t been one for years. My family can’t function effectively without a budget and either can our government. Making cuts will be hard. We will get through it.
They say they are doing what they do because they “care” about us. Really? When our family income is reduced, we necessarily cut certain items (programs) since there is less money to go around. Since we love and care for our children, we try to make the situation as painless as possible and, if possible, barely noticeable.
Not so with our “caring” politicians whom we elected to do the right thing and to represent us. These politicians make the cuts visible and as painful as possible. Is this a game to them?
It is time for us to demand that our elected officials grow up. We sent them to Washington to do a job. I think they forgot, if they ever knew it, what that job is. We don’t need more “free” stuff. We need the government to do its job and get out of our way so we can do ours.
President must accept onus of spiraling national debt
I am not crazy enough to think that failing to raise the debt limit is a good idea, nor is a government shutdown necessarily a good idea, but I do think the president should have to eat his own words.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” Sen. Barack H. Obama – 2006
I’m sure that perspectives change when a community organizer and junior senator from Illinois suddenly becomes president of the United States, but in this case the failure of leadership is Obama’s.
R. LANCE WADE
Konola makes inconsistent statements on Second Amendment rights
In a recent article, Claudette Konola claimed she supports the Second Amendment and favors gun ownership. However, this is a complete contradiction to her long-standing opposition to gun ownership. Many of her past columns in a local newspaper and her comments to the media tell a different story.
How does she explain that in February 2013 after the Mesa County commissioners approved a resolution in support of the Second Amendment that she appeared on local TV in opposition to their actions? She specifically said, “… there is nothing logical about thinking it’s OK to walk around the county carrying a gun just because you can.”
Previously, she had written (Dec. 27, 2012) that one of Colorado’s problems was – “too many guns and bullets.”
And, more recently (July 10), she described Second Amendment supporters as “gun nuts” and “gun-loving hot heads.”
Claudette, when you write a column in a local paper and are frequently on TV, there is a record of what you say and do. If they do not match, you have some “splaining to do.” Ray Scott, my check is in the mail.
City should improve its curbside recycling efforts
One of the more surprising aspects of living for the first time in Grand Junction after moving here for work is the total absence of curbside recycling pickup.
This green service, which is hardly cutting-edge in 2013, would create jobs and a more sustainable future for our city. We should press our sanitation service for weekly or biweekly recycling pickup.
School board may be run by puppeteers and minions
So, it has finally happened we are now on the verge of “dumbing down” the school board. Gone will be the days when governance had to stand on merit and honest discussion.
From here on out our Mesa County school board will be run by puppeteers whose minions spew trite political phrases because that is what assured their rise to power. That purse string is a very tight leash that never comes off. Welcome to evolution Mesa County style,
Aspen writer should provide complete explanation to son
Marshall Hall of Aspen writes (Oct 8) to blame Rep Scott Tipton for the closing of Arches National Park, thus canceling his son’s long planned field trip. I wonder how long Hall would tolerate his son not telling the truth or maybe passing along erroneous information without checking the facts. Perhaps Hall is just confused about what goes on in Washington. (It’s easy to do.)
By way of review, Tipton is a member of the House of Representatives. The Park Service is under the secretary of the Interior, which is under the executive branch (president). The president closed the parks (just for Hall’s son’s class).
The House passed budgets for the past four-five years. The Senate refused to act on them, failing to do its job over this same period. The government has operated under a continuing resolution for these years. The House has voted to keep the parks open, while the Senate has not followed suit.
The Senate, therefore, has agreed to close the parks (just for your son’s class).
Tipton may have his own faults, but what Hall accuses him of is a total fabrication. Maybe Hall ought to explain this to his son.
Pro-immigration rally in DC shocking, unfair to veterans
For the past week, WWII veterans and others have been turned away from public, open-air monuments in our nation’s capital erected to honor the sacrifices they made to protect our form of government, our sovereignty and the values some of us still hold dear in this country.
Tuesday, I was SHOCKED to find an article on theblaze.com, that covered an event in D.C. that ought to make every American citizen writhe with shame. The article said that the Camino Americano, a pro-immigration reform rally (pro amnesty for illegal immigrants) would be allowed by the Park Service to hold a rally on the “closed” National Mall grounds. They erected huge stages using materials from several semi trucks. Thirty members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Nancy Pelosi.
No resident, legal or otherwise, of this country ought dare to call himself or herself an American if he or she can stoop to condone such a disgrace as this.
House Republicans, stand strong! You’re not just standing against Obamacare, but you’re also standing against the type of government President Obama and Harry Reid stand for, that disregards the rule of law, tramples our system of government and despises the people it claims to serve. “- Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” - Thomas Jefferson
GOP leadership is ‘sorority-like, pubescent, power-hungry’
I am a multi-decade Republican. I describe myself as a pre-1980s Republican, fiscal-conservative social-moderate. Before the 1980s Republicans were reasonable, fact-based and practical in their approach to decision-making processes. I have attended Mesa County “Republican” events in an attempt to connect with like-minded moderate conservatives, without success.
“Subsidy” is a four-letter word, is provided, acceptable and encouraged for multi-national corporations and banks by national Republicans. National minimum “living-wage” increases demanded by the public would help make the corporations/banks pay more toward their fair share to support the society from which they derive their profits and would have a direct benefit to the taxpayers.
Case-in-point is Wal-Mart, which pays sub-living wages without benefits. If employees get hurt, they go to the emergency room. Who pays? The taxpayers do through rehab and disability. Ergo the taxpayers subsidize Wal-Marts’ profits. Uranium mining clean-up paid by the taxpayers is another subsidy. Oil-gas air and water pollution degrades community health and safety, especially of children. Do they pay for asthma and COPD care? See the pattern?
“Ideologues” were once considered the religiously oriented groups. “Republicans,” in their zeal to dominate and overshadow all levels of government, folded in and coupled the party to the religious ideologues to morph into a profit-only-oriented elephant.
The resulting Republican-hybrid elephant is sterile, intellectually challenged and out of control with copious Koch Brother money infusing into its neo-feudal decision-making process based on American Legislative Exchange Council-generated proposals.
Leadership of the “Republican” Party is a sorority-like, pubescent, power-hungry entity that believes it alone has the right to carry on the business of governing, a very ANTI-democratic view. A recent email, signed by “Republican” talking heads of Mesa County, gloated over their “take-over” of all Mesa County, except the school board. These are hallmarks of a manipulative and community destructive agenda.
Delta County chicken farm owners complied with stipulations, face ‘biased attack’
For generations family farms in Delta County have produced food and fiber with consumers’ best interests in mind. It is disheartening to see a family such as the Hostetlers face such a biased attack after they received the approval of the Delta County Board of Commissioners for their 15,000 hen organic, cage-free, egg-laying operation.
In 2011 the Hostetlers successfully went through the Delta County planning process. For two years, the Hostetlers have met specific conditions set forth by the Delta County Board of Commissioners, which are above and beyond what is required by the EPA for an operation of its size. Neither the EPA nor the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment consider the Hostetlers’ operation a Confined Animal Feeding Operation, because it is too small to have an increased potential impact to air, water and land quality. Yet this small organic, one barn, cage-free family operation has been treated like a CAFO, and worse.
Plateau, Inc., an environmental science and engineering consulting firm hired by the Delta County Health Department, determined the air quality surrounding the chicken barn was equal to that typically found in agricultural areas. The Hostetler family lives in two homes near their barn, and work daily within the barn, yet they have reported no health problems.
All three Delta County commissioners voted in favor of the Hostetler operation. Olen Lund was the only commissioner directly involved with Farm Bureau, and he recused himself from all Delta County Farm Bureau Board discussions regarding the Hostetler operation during his tenure as county commissioner. Following Lund’s term as county commissioner, the current Delta County Board of County Commissioners has also voted in favor of the Hostetler operation.
The 7tth Judicial District Court has found no proof of bias by any of the county commissioners.
Illegal aliens get to march while vets shut out of memorials
In the Washington Mall yesterday thousands of admitted illegal aliens marched. Yet fewer than 100 yards away veterans who gave blood for this country’s freedoms were locked out of veterans’ memorials erected to honor their great service. All veterans of this great nation should take warning; the administration in office right now is apparently not American-friendly?
Why not? Some of us worked at jobs we hated to have insurance for our families; it’s what real men and women do! Not to have that taken away so that 15 percent of the population that doesn’t work, doesn’t have benefits and doesn’t give a damn about me and my family can have insurance while mine gets taken away?
Myself, I would not accept insurance under those terms, if I knew that by accepting something I had not earned some family with parents providing for their family had to lose coverage due to my accepting coverage I would tell President Obama to his face to stick his health care where the sun don’t shine.
I lived along our southern borders in the past. I have seen emergency rooms full of non-green card carrying Americans waiting for free medical care, free schools and free housing, all with my tax dollars. And our president says and I quote, “We can’t find them to return them to Mexico.”
Hmmmm … maybe that’s what’s the matter with America today. I played by the rules even when Dad wasn’t watching practice, folks, and illegal means illegal. Again, if my taking benefits I hadn’t earned took food out of the mouth of someone that had worked more than 40 years to provide for his or her family, I wouldn’t accept those benefits. They come from tax dollars not the goodness of the Democratic Party or Obama. And they don’t care either, much as they might try to make you think they do.
I suggest they let me balance their checkbook, live with the health care they are shoving done our throats, and let me attend one of their closed-door meetings for some real insight as to the American condition.